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Condensing osteitis



Q&A: What is “condensing osteitis”? Is it a form of osteomyelitis?

Author: Sanketh DS, MDS

Condensing osteitis, otherwise called chronic focal sclerosing osteomyelitis is a localised area of bone sclerosis occurring in the periapex of a tooth with an infected pulp. Usually products of infection act as irritants and cause bone lysis or resorption. But in cases of chronic long standing low grade infections of the tooth such as large carious lesions or secondary caries, toxins may get diluted and may act as a stimulus for bone proliferation rather than resorption.

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